Charter Pulse

Selected readings on US charter schools

Alternative charters and alternative accountability systems

I’m a big fan of the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA). They do great work to help charter authorizers significantly improve their practices. I speak from firsthand experience—they … Continue reading

November 6, 2013 · Leave a comment

WISCONSIN: Public charter schools a golden opportunity to help children

As America struggles with high numbers of school dropouts and too few students who are proficient in math and reading, state lawmakers in Madison have a golden opportunity to strengthen … Continue reading

November 3, 2013 · Leave a comment

LOUISIANA grapples with assessing alternative charter schools

Principal says success defined differently for students Nicole Griffin is on track to graduate from high school in December despite challenges most students will never have to face. A single … Continue reading

October 30, 2013 · Leave a comment

WISCONSIN: Half of virtual charter schools judged in new report cards miss mark

Virtual charter schools are on the rise in Wisconsin, but so far new accountability standards that hold them to the same expectations as regular public schools do not paint a … Continue reading

October 28, 2013 · 1 Comment

D.C. charter board considers oversight improvements

The D.C. Public Charter School Board decided at a meeting Wednesday not to immediately initiate the closure of Options Public Charter, the Northeast Washington school at the center of allegations … Continue reading

October 22, 2013 · Leave a comment

Boardman senator seeks greater oversight of OHIO charter schools

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Senator Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) announced he will be introducing legislation to create greater oversight in Ohio’s charter schools equivalent to what is found in traditional public districts. … Continue reading

September 5, 2013 · Leave a comment

PENNSYLVANIA: Holding every school accountable for spending and student learning

Charter schools provide Pennsylvania families with a vital and popular educational option, as evidenced by the tens of thousands of students currently languishing on waiting lists. Last week’s FBI arrest … Continue reading

August 27, 2013 · Leave a comment

Even In Birthplace of Charter Schools, the Grand Experiment Is At Risk

Two decades after the first charter school law passed in Minnesota, the movement is still struggling to reconcile innovation with accountability. When the Minnesota New Country School opened two decades … Continue reading

August 22, 2013 · Leave a comment

OHIO: Charter schools need more accountability, Expert panel agrees

State education funding better, needs improvement CINCINNATI — Ohio’s rapidly expanding voucher and charter schools funding lacks critical accountability testing and consequences for poorly performing schools, a bipartisan panel of … Continue reading

August 15, 2013 · Leave a comment

INDIANA: Accountability of charter schools at risk

The strong accountability at the heart of the public charter school movement has helped to make charters successful at achieving great outcomes for students. If a charter school fails to … Continue reading

August 12, 2013 · Leave a comment

SOUTH CAROLINA Public Charter School District sees improvement in federal accountability grade

MYRTLE BEACH — The S.C. Public Charter School District was given a C in the latest results of the Federal Accountability System, an improvement from its D rating the previous … Continue reading

August 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Tony Bennett flap

In light of the news of Tony Bennett’s resignation, Gadfly asked several top education-policy analysts to tell us what it means for school accountability going forward. RiShawn Biddle, Kevin Carey, … Continue reading

August 2, 2013 · Leave a comment


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